PGA Tour pro John Daly, super Arkansas fan, receives cancer diagnosis
Former Arkansas golfer John Daly, and a big supporter of all things Razorbacks, received some difficult news recently.
Daly, 54, recently told Golf Channel on an episode of PGA Tour Champions Learning Center, that he’d battled kidney stones and back pain in recent weeks, ailments that led him to withdraw from last month’s Charles Schwab Series event in Missouri after two rounds. But after he consulted with doctors, it was determined that the kidney stones had passed and that he now faced a more daunting condition.
“(The urologist said) it doesn’t look like any stones are in there. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer,” Daly said. “After I did the CT (scan) I was fixing to sip on my Diet Coke and he said, ‘Don’t drink anything. We have to get you back in here and get this cancer out of you.'”
Daly then had a successful procedure to remove the cancer, but there is strong possibility of recurrence with his form of cancer, about 85 percent, which will require regular checkups in the near future.
“So I’ve got to go back and see him in three months. They will probably have to cut it out again,” he said. “It’s probably going to come back, and then another three months that you don’t know. You just don’t know. Luckily for me they caught it early, but bladder cancer is something that I don’t know all the details. But it doesn’t look like it may go away. We will just see what happens. Maybe there’s a miracle.”